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  1. Many Don't Tell Their Doctor They Feel Depressed

    Sept. 13, 2011 -- More than two-fifths of adults may not tell their doctor that they have been feeling depressed, according to a survey. The reasons vary, but many are concerned that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant that they don't want to take. Other reasons include the belief that it

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  2. Depression Raises Women's Stroke Risk

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- Depression moderately increases a woman's risk of stroke, according to a new study that confirms earlier research. "Women who had a history of depression or who were currently depressed had about a 29% increased risk of stroke," says An Pan, PhD, research fellow at the Harvard Schoo

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  3. Antidepressants Prescribed Without Psychiatric Diagnosis

    Aug 4, 2011 -- Antidepressants may be increasingly prescribed by non-psychiatrists to treat medical disorders in the absence of a psychiatric diagnosis. The proportion of non-psychiatrist doctor visits where antidepressants were prescribed without a documented psychiatric diagnosis increased from 59

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  4. Suicide Brain May Hold Key to Depression

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- A study that compared the brains of suicide victims to those of people who died suddenly from other causes found key differences in specific brain cells in the white matter of the brain. The finding lends support to the idea that inflammation within the brain plays a key role in depr

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  5. Richer Countries Have Higher Depression Rates

    July 26, 2011 -- Depression rates around the world vary according to a nation's affluence, with the highest income countries -- including the U.S. -- reporting the highest levels of depression, a study shows. For the study, an international team working with the World Health Organization's World Men

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  6. Fat Pharms: Antidepressants and Weight Gain

    Seeking help for depression -- and following through with antidepressant medication -- is a courageous and important first step on the road to recovery. But too often, those who take that step find themselves faced with another troubling problem: weight gain. Experts say that for up to 25% of people

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  7. 3 Food Traps to Avoid When You're Depressed

    When you’re struggling with depression, your eating habits often suffer. Some people overeat and gain weight, turning to food to lift their mood. Others find they’re too exhausted to prepare balanced meals or that they’ve lost their appetite. "Whether you're overeating or not eating enough, you may

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  8. Depression and Risky Behavior

    Depression poses many dangers, burdening people with hopelessness and raising their risk of suicide. But in attempts to quell the pain, some turn to alcohol, drugs, and other harmful behaviors that endanger them even further, psychologists say. “There is a strong relationship between depression and

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  9. Child Care May Protect Toddlers From Mom’s Depression

    June 13, 2011 -- Just a few hours formal child care per week can help shield toddlers from some of the lingering effects of their mom’s depression. Maternal depression has been linked to an increased risk of certain behavior problems in children, but the new study shows that just over three hours a

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  10. Top 7 Therapy Myths Debunked

    Many people have a perception of talk therapy that doesn't quite match up to reality. If you think therapy means lying on a couch with a box of tissues and paying top dollar to talk to someone who doesn't quite get it, or that it's only for people who are mentally ill, think again. It turns out that

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